A TRAVEL expert has revealed a neat little trick you can use to save money while traveling around Rome.
Jasmine Pak said people don’t have to spend a small fortune on bottled water because the water from the Nasoni is safe to drink.
Nasoni, or water fountains, are dotted throughout the Italian capital, with water gushing out all day, every day.
While nasoni come in all shapes and sizes, they typically consist of a cylindrical cast iron column with a thin, protruding spout in the center of the pole.
The name Nasone, the singular form of Nasoni, means “big nose”, named after the nose-like shape of the curved, downward-pointing spout.
Jasmine, known as “@Jasminebellepak” on TikTok, explains everything to her 367,000 followers.
She said: “When you see these fountains in Rome, you can SURE drink them!”
Jasmine explained: “The water runs 24/7 to keep the bacteria out and the sewage clean.
“Tap water in Rome is the same water that comes out of the Nasoni.”
A woman who appeared to be a tour guide then demonstrated how to drink from the fountain without a water bottle.
She put her hand over the spout, forced the stream of water up, and leaned forward to drink it.
Although it wasn’t as easy as it looked when Jasmine and her buddies tried afterwards and managed to spray water everywhere.
In the caption, Jasmine added, “We’re saving sooo much money in Italy because of the Nasoni.”
The footage was a huge hit on the social media page, garnering 4.9 million views along with 646,500 likes and almost 1,800 comments.
Many commentators questioned whether the water was actually drinkable.
One person wrote: “Yes I would still buy water if you are not used to the local microbes in the water. It can really get to you.”
Although another wrote in response: “I’ve been drinking it for two weeks and haven’t had any problems.”
Another person added, “I’m not about the water, it’s about the nozzle that people are touching all day.”
A third said: “The water is tested regularly. The freshest water I have ever tasted.”
It appears that the water from the wells is drinkable and an article on TripAdvisor states: “It is completely safe and even recommended for people to drink water from the Nasoni as the water comes from the aqueducts, the same ones.” Sources like the fountains.” Provide homes throughout Rome with drinking water all year round.
“You save money and produce less waste when you drink from the Nasoni instead of buying water in plastic bottles.”
According to the article, Rome was the first city in the world to introduce the idea of free, clean drinking water fountains.
They first appeared in the late 19th century and today there are more than 2,500 scattered across the city.
The water from the wells is also used in local markets and public gardens.
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